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Does God Punish Us When We Sin?

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Sermon shared by Brian Atwood

March 2007
Summary: The misinformation about God unnecessarily makes many people far too afraid of Him when they should be seeking Him as their dearest friend.
Denomination: Baptist
Audience: General adults
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about His judgment is if we’re living in the darkness. We realize He’s merciful, slow to anger and longsuffering with us, but even God’s patience has a limit.

In the same passage that the Bible tells us that God doesn’t have a dark side it also says this.

"If we say that we share in life with God and keep on living in the dark, we are lying and are not living by the truth. But if we live in the light, as God does, we share in life with each other." 1 John 1:6-7a (CEV)

Circle that phrase, “keep on living in the dark.” That implies we’ve had opportunities to change our dark ways but we’ve kept on in spite of God’s warnings, in spite of His love and longsuffering we’ve kept on living a WAY OF LIFE that we know isn’t right.

It’s not referring to the times we occasionally fall. It’s not talking about our missteps. It’s referring to our journey. If we’re taking a journey in the dark we certainly aren’t living with and for God who is in the light. If we “keep on living in the dark” we’re lying. We’re not on a journey with God who is in the light.

Since God is light, when I share in God’s life I do so in His light. This doesn’t mean that I’m perfect, as God is perfect. It means that because I share in His life and light, I can more readily see the dark things in my life that need to be brought into God’s light. It means I don’t give in to the dark. I don’t give up wrestling with the sin that my fallen human nature is so naturally inclined to.

There’s a difference between living in the light and living in the dark. Just like there’s a difference between having a healthy respect for God and His light and the wrong-headed concept of accusing God of being an ogre.

Why does the Bible present us with this truth?

Because I need to acknowledge that I am the one with the dark side, not God. The problem is not with God – it’s with me!

The second answer to the God question, “Does God punish us when we sin?” is this. This is the second proper perspective I need to have. In addition to realizing that God does NOT have a dark side, I need to admit that…

2.I HAVE A SIN PROBLEM TO CONTEND WITH.

The bad news is, and don’t tune me out after I say this, because we’re going to get to the really Good News in just a few minutes, but the bad news is this: I deserve to be punished because I have done wrong.

God’s word says we’ve all done wrong things.

"If we say we have not sinned, we are fooling ourselves, and the truth isn’t in our hearts." 1 John 1:8 (CEV)

"If we say that we have not sinned, we make God a liar, and his message isn’t in our hearts." 1 John 1:10 (CEV)

When I hear DC Talk singing “In the Light” on the radio I immediately identify. The vocalist is singing to God. Listen to what he says.

I keep trying to find a life, On my own, apart from you.

I am the king of excuses, I’ve got one for every selfish thing I do

What’s going on inside of me? I despise my own behavior.

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